The Ultra Music Festival is one of the world’s leading electronic music festivals, bringing the hottest DJs from all over the world to Miami each year. The 2015 lineup has been revealed, and we’ve got information on all the amazing headliners. Check it out and drop us a comment below letting us know which acts you’re most excited to see at Ultra this year!
Producer and DJ Adam Beyer emerged on the Swedish techno scene in the mid-’90s. Beyer successfully owns and runs several record labels, including Drumcode Records and Code Red. His early music experience came in the form of playing the drums as a teenager, so it comes as no surprise that his style is very rhythmic and percussive. His style and skill brought him attention as a DJ, and his success was a catalyst for the influential wave of Swedish techno.
Afrojack is the stage name of Dutch music producer and DJ Nick van de Wall. He started performing as a DJ at local venues when he was just a teenager, eventually signing with an independent label and releasing his debut single under the Afrojack name. As his star began to rise, he performed at festivals like Tommorowland and Coachella and collaborated with artists like David Guetta, Pitbull, and Madonna. In 2014, he released his debut album, “Forget the World.”
Alessandro Lindblad, aka Alesso, is a Swedish DJ and EDM artist. Early in his career, he gained recognition for his remixes of artists like Tiesto, Swedish House Mafia, and Avicii. His success led to the opportunity to perform at several major music festivals, as well as a spot accompanying Madonna for select European dates of her MDNA World Tour. In the summer of 2014, Alesso signed with Def Jam Recordings, releasing a new single and embarking on his own headlining tour. His debut studio album is due out this year.
Dutch DJ and producer Armin van Buuren is known for his progressive trance style. He became interested in electronic music at an early age, and began his DJ career in college. He is known for playing extremely long DJ sets – in fact, he set the world record for longest DJ set in 2003, having played for over 12 hours. That’s not the only record he’s set though – he also holds the record for most times listed at the #1 spot on DJ Magazine’s Top 100. Armin van Buuren has been voted #1 an impressive five times, which speaks to his incredible skills as a DJ.
Tim Bergling, aka Avicii, has become one of the most successful and prominent producers to come out of the Swedish house scene. As a remixer and producer, he has collaborated with everyone from Jon Bon Jovi to Madonna. His 2011 release “Levels” launched him into the international mainstream, but Avicii still cleverly uses the internet to increase his following. When he reached 2 million Facebook followers, he released a single called “2 Million,” and did the same when he reached 3 million not even a year later. Recently, his music has been topping charts all over the globe and for the last several years he has consistently ranked in the top ten for DJ Magazine’s Top 100 DJs.
Axwell ^ Ingrosso is the electronic music duo consisting of former Swedish House Mafia members Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso. Since Swedish House Mafia came to an end in 2013, Axwell and Ingrosso began working on music together. The duo officially formed in 2014, playing their first performance at the Governor’s Ball music festival in New York City that June. They are working on a debut album, which they say will be released soon.
British DJ Carl Cox has been a fixture on the dance music scene for nearly 30 years. He began his career as a rave DJ back in the ’80s, building up his reputation at some of the hottest clubs that defined Britain’s house revolution, and earning his status as one of the top DJs of that decade. Through the years he has had several hit singles and albums, and now spearheads his own record labels and has his own stage every year at music festivals like Ultra, Tomorrowland, and Electric Daisy Carnival.
French DJ David Guetta is undoubtedly one of the biggest names in electronic music today. He has had several #1 singles and has achieved international mainstream success. In his early days, Guetta was a fixture in the Paris club scene, and as he continued to rise to fame, he built up a niche following of dance music fans. His commercial popularity and international breakthrough, however, came with his 2009 album “One Love,” which included several number one singles and launched him into the sphere of pop music.
Deep Dish is the duo of Iranian-American DJ/producers Ali “Dubfire” Shirazinia and Sharam Tayebi. The two came together in the early 1990s in Washington, D.C., and although already immersed in the local DJ scene as individuals, they began to make music together. Within a few years, they established themselves as prominent figures in the D.C. house scene. Their 1995 remix of De’lacy’s single “Hideaway” really put them on the map, landing on pop charts everywhere and earning them mainstream popularity. Their success continued when they won a Grammy Award for Best Remixed Recording for their remix of Dido’s “Thank You.” The duo disbanded in 2006, but they recently reunited and released a new single in 2014.
Dixon is the stage name of Steffen Berkhahn, a German DJ and producer based in Berlin. He almost pursued becoming a professional soccer player, but due to injury gave that up and decided to opt for a career as a DJ instead. He established his presence in the Berlin club scene on his DJing skill alone, and is known for his soulful house style. In 2005 he cofounded the record label Innervisions, which helped to keep up the house tradition and maintain the genre’s relevance.
Swedish DJ and producer Eric Prydz releases his music under a multitude of names, including Pryda, Cirez D, and several others. Under his own name, his music tends to be more of club-oriented, ’80s-influenced house, exemplified by his 2004 hit “Call On Me,” which sampled Steve Winwood’s “Valerie.” In addition to making his own music, he runs three successful labels: Mouseville, Pryda Recordings, and Pryda Friends, all of which have churned out a number of underground club hits. The success of his labels and the popularity of his solo career have made him one of the most sought-after underground producers in the world.
Dutch DJ Robbert van de Corput began DJing at the age of 13 under the name Hardwell. He has since grown to become a superstar DJ and an important figure in the EDM explosion of recent years. Hardwell was named #1 on DJ Magazine’s Top 100 list for both 2013 and 2014, so now is an especially important time in his career, and his live performance is one not to miss.
Welsh DJ and producer Jamie Jones is an up-and-coming artist whose star is quickly rising. When he was starting out in his career, he would spend summers in Ibiza and became an integral part of the music and club scene there. He has gained a sizeable following in the UK with his unique sound that is more melodic than your average techno music. Jones’ rising popularity has earned him regular spots spinning at some of the hottest clubs in the UK, as well as opportunities to play at festivals like Glastonbury, Tomorrowland, and Burning Man.
Knife Party is an EDM duo from Perth, Australia consisting of Gareth McGrillen and Rob Swire, the founders of the Australian drum and bass band Pendulum. The duo released their debut EP in 2011, which received over 50,000 downloads within 12 hours of its release. As their fame grew, they received more mainstream exposure, including a collaboration with Swedish House Mafia and their song “Bonfire” being used on AMC’s hit show “Breaking Bad.” Knife Party released their most recent album, “Abandon Ship,” in 2014.
Loco Dice is German DJ and producer Yassine Ben Achour. He began his career as a hip hop DJ and MC in the early ’90s under the name Dice’C, gaining early success in Germany and opening for big-name solo acts like Usher, Snoop Dogg, and R Kelly. His sound eventually evolved from hip hop and rap to house music, prompting him to change his name to Loco Dice. He has since secured a residency at Tribehouse in his hometown of Dusseldorf and made a name for himself as one of the top DJs to come out of the German music scene.
Maceo Plex is the stage name of Eric Estornel, a DJ and producer from Miami. He began to gain attention when his eclectic mix of techno, electro, and house music made him popular in the early ’90s rave scene. Over the years he has gone by a number of aliases, including Maetrik and Mariel Ito, but has settled on his current name, Maceo Plex. He is currently based in Spain, and regularly performs at popular clubs in Ibiza.
Originating from Naples, Italy, Marco Carola began focusing on music at a young age. By the time he was 15, he decided to concentrate on electronic music, eventually putting together his own studio and releasing music through several different labels early on in his career. In 1996, Carola launched his own record label, Design Music, which was one of Italy’s first techno-based labels. Nowadays, he is still regarded as one of the most respected artists in techno music, and has an immense global following.
Martin Garrix is among the wave of artists responsible for the recent explosive popularity of Dutch EDM. He expressed interest in becoming a DJ at an early age, and by the time he was 16 he launched his career with a popular remix of Christina Aguilera’s “Your Body.” In 2013, he released his single “Animals,” which hit #1 in the UK and reached the top ten in several other countries. His incredible success in recent years is impressive as he’s still just a teenager, but he is nonetheless an artist to watch.
Nicky Romero is the stage name of Dutch progressive house DJ Nick Rotteveel. His early recordings earned him a lot of publicity, and eventually he gained the attention of famed producer David Guetta, who commissioned Rotteveel to remix a track for him. Through Guetta’s tutelage, Nicky Romero became a mainstream success, earning him collaborations with big artists like Avicii and spots at major music festivals.
Skrillex is the stage name of six-time Grammy winner, DJ and producer Sonny Moore. Formerly the lead singer of the post-hardcore band From First to Last, Moore left the band in 2007 to focus on his solo career, leaving the rock genre behind in favor of electronic dance music. It’s safe to say that it was a good career move, as Skrillex has without a doubt become one of the biggest names in EDM. He won three Grammy Awards in 2012, and another three the subsequent year in the same categories, proving himself as a groundbreaking force in the electronic music sphere.
Steve Angello is a veteran of the house music scene, best known as a member of Swedish House Mafia. While former SHM members Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso have recently teamed up as a duo, Angello carries on as a solo act. He has proven himself as an iconic game changer in the world of EDM, both with his contribution to Swedish House Mafia and in his solo career.
Steve Aoki is one of the highest-grossing DJs of the last few years who built up his following through impressive remix work and relentless touring. In addition to his work as a DJ and producer, Aoki also founded Dim Mak records, the label responsible for breaking artists like MSTRKRFT, Bloc Party, The Kills, and Mystery Jets. He has earned his status as a high-profile DJ through various successful remixes and releases. In 2014, Aoki announced that he would be releasing a two-part album called “Neon Future,” the first part of which came out in September.
Tale of Us is the Berlin-based production partnership of Karm and Matteo Milleri. Their music is eclectic and blends a number of genre elements, mixing together everything from pop to house to rock to create a sound that is uniquely their own. Having built up a following around Europe and recently earning spots at some of the top festivals worldwide, Tale of Us is an act on the rise that you can expect a lot from in the coming years.
Dutch DJ/producer Tiesto is indisputably one of the biggest names in EDM. He has established himself as one of the world’s foremost DJs, having released several chart-topping hits and receiving a number of awards and honors, including a Grammy Award. He built up his popularity with his famed six-hour solo live sets, which caused the world to take notice of his skill and led to him becoming one of the most sought-after DJs and remixers.
Lorin Ashton, better known by his stage name Bassnectar, is an American DJ and record producer. He is known for his live performances and stunning light shows, and sells out huge venues all over the country. Not only has he proven himself as an influential EDM artist, but he has also stood out over the years as a social activist and philanthropist. In 2011, he donated one dollar per ticket sold on his tour to charity for what was known as the “Dollar Per Basshead” campaign, for which he raised $250,000 and let his fans vote for which charities it would benefit.
Clean Bandit is a British electronic music group founded in Cambridge in 2009, made up of core members Jack Patterson, Luke Patterson, Grace Chatto, and Milan Neil Amin-Smith. Their music fuses classical elements with traditional house style. In 2014, they hit it big with their chart-topping single “Rather Be,” which recently won the award for Best Dance Recording at the 2015 Grammy Awards.
Hailing from Cape Town, South Africa, Die Antwoord is a rave-rap duo consisting of rappers Ninja and Yolandi Visser. They’re known to put on an exciting live show with their commanding stage presence and relentless energy. Die Antwoord came to attention in 2010 with their single “Enter the Ninja,” the music video for which became a viral internet hit. The single earned them success on the charts and a deal with Interscope Records, but a year later they left Interscope due to creative differences and eventually started up their own independent label, Zef Recordz.
Gorgon City is an English deep house duo. The group consists of North London-based producers Kyle “Foamo” Gibbon and Matt “Rack N Ruin” Robson-Scott. The pair began collaborating in 2012, and received their big break the following year with the success of their single “Real.” They achieved further success thanks to collaborations with artists like Clean Bandit and Klaxons. Gorgon City released the album “Sirens” in 2014, and its lead single, “Ready for Your Love,” reached number four on the UK Singles Chart.
Born in Canada and based in Brooklyn, Kiesza is a pop singer whose music combines elements of dance, house, EDM, and R&B. After attending Berklee College of Music in Boston on a scholarship, she moved to New York in 2010 to focus on her music career. She started out as a folk singer, but eventually found herself more drawn to dance music and gravitated towards that genre. In 2014, she released the hit single “Hideaway,” along with an impressive music video filmed in a single take. She followed that up with her debut full-length, “Sound of a Woman.”
Krewella is a Chicago-based EDM duo consisting of sisters Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf. Originally formed as a trio in 2007, the group’s third member, producer Kris “Rain Man” Trindl, left in 2014. After releasing a few singles and EPs, Krewella became a fixture in the EDM festival circuit, gaining a following from performances at festivals like Ultra, Electric Daisy, and Electric Zoo. They released their debut full length album titled “Get Wet” in 2013.
Kygo is a Norwegian DJ and record producer. He initialy built up his popularity through the internet by accumulating over 80 million views on his Soundcloud and YouTube pages. His internet fame attracted the attention of big artists like Avicii and Coldplay’s Chris Martin. When Avicii had to back out of his main stage performance at the 2014 TomorrowWorld festival due to health reasons, Kygo was selected as his replacement, which garnered him even more fame and exposure.
Belgian drum and bass producer Netsky came onto the scene in 2009. His music style is that of funky dance music, and his songs often have more of a pop feel and feature guest vocalists. In recent years he has released several successful remixes, reworking tracks from artists like Miike Snow, Swedish House Mafia, and Pendulum.
ODEZSA is an electronic music duo from Seattle consisting of Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight. Mills and Knight formed the group in 2012 while they were still in college and released their music via the internet, when their songs eventually rose to the top of Hype Machine’s popular chart. Their success earned them a spot touring with Pretty Lights, and a year later they released their most recent album, “The Return.”
Porter Robinson is an electronic music artist from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He began producing music at the young age of 13, influenced by sounds from video games like Dance Dance Revolution. The self-taught producer earned the recognition of Skrillex’s OWSLA label, which signed him for a one-EP deal which turned out to be extremely successful. In the following years, he continued to ascend to fame with more hit singles and remixes. He released his debut album in 2014 and through recent extensive touring has achieved headliner status.
RAC, an abbreviation for Remix Artist Collective, is the brainchild of Portugal native Andre Allen Anjos. He has made a name for himself by remixing popular indie artists like Phoenix, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Foster the People, and The Shins. In addition to successful remixes, RAC has also released original songs. RAC’s debut album, “Strangers,” was released in 2014 and features collaborations with many big artists, including Tokyo Police Club, Tegan and Sara, and Bloc Party’s Kele.
The Norwegian electronic duo Royksopp consists of Svein Barge and Torbjørn Brundtland. The two began recording together in the early 1990s and officially formed Royksopp in 1998. Over the years, the group has gained a worldwide following and critical acclaim, and they have established themselves as one of the premier electronic acts of the last few decades. In 2014, they released their fifth album, “The Inevitable End.” As the title suggests, it is to be their last traditional album release.
Bonobo (DJ Set)
Chus & Ceballos
Fedde Le Grand
Hot Since 82
Mano Le Tough
The Martinez Brothers
Paul Van Dyk
Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (DJ Set)
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